According to a recently released study, marriage could help heart patients experience a longer life than that of people who are single.
The study was conducted over a period of nearly four years. A team of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta scientists was behind it. The researchers published their study’s findings in a paper in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
How Marriage was Linked to a Lower Mortality Risk
“Compared to married subjects, being unmarried was associated with a 45 percent higher risk of dying [from heart disease].”
Why Does Being Married Make a Difference?
Quyyumi also advanced other possible explanations such as failure to stick to a strict medication schedule. He mentioned mental health issues as well, specifically stress and depression.
Physicians not connected to the study have also offered their opinions about the results and the possible causes linked to them.
Dr. Vincent Bufalino, the director of Advocate Health Care in Napierville, Illinois conjectured that stress might indeed play a more significant role for single patients.
He noted that unmarried people have to shoulder alone the burden of managing life’s responsibilities such as household finances and childcare. As it is, married people can divide those duties.
The study, and others like it, may eventually prompt doctors treating heart patients to take into serious account their patient’s marital status on a general basis and not just in specific cases.